Fri August 17, 2018

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Proverbs 17 (New King James Version)

1 Better is a dry morsel with quietness,
Than a house full of feasting[a]with strife.
2 A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame,
And will share an inheritance among the brothers.
3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold,
But the LORD tests the hearts.
4 An evildoer gives heed to false lips;
A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue.
5 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker;
He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
6 Children’s children are the crown of old men,
And the glory of children is their father.
7 Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool,
Much less lying lips to a prince.
8 A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor;
Wherever he turns, he prospers.
9 He who covers a transgression seeks love,
But he who repeats a matter separates friends.
10 Rebuke is more effective for a wise man
Than a hundred blows on a fool.
11 An evil man seeks only rebellion;
Therefore a cruel messenger will be sent against him.
12 Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs,
Rather than a fool in his folly.
13 Whoever rewards evil for good,
Evil will not depart from his house.
14 The beginning of strife is like releasing water;
Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.
15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just,
Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD.
16 Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom,
Since he has no heart for it?
17 A friend loves at all times,
And a brother is born for adversity.
18 A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge,
And becomes surety for his friend.
19 He who loves transgression loves strife,
And he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.
20 He who has a deceitful heart finds no good,
And he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil.
21 He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow,
And the father of a fool has no joy.
22 A merry heart does good, like medicine,[b]
But a broken spirit dries the bones.
23 A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back[c]
To pervert the ways of justice.
24 Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding,
But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth.
25 A foolish son is a grief to his father,
And bitterness to her who bore him.
26 Also, to punish the righteous is not good,
Nor to strike princes for their uprightness.
27 He who has knowledge spares his words,
And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.
28 Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace;
When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.



“An attacker advances against you. Guard your fortress.” (Nahum 2:1)

Does not the above verse appear like a SMS or a telegram? Yes, it is a message sent to us by the Lord, which says, “Attacker Satan is advancing against you. Beware! Guard yourself.” This is an emergency message and we are in a position to act very quickly. Let us imagine that the king of a nation receives a message from his spies that his adversary is advancing rapidly against him with a vast army. Would not the king call upon his advisers immediately and plan how to guard his nation and how to attack the enemy? The king very well knows that if he fails to take proper measures, he and his countrymen will be killed or taken as captives by the enemy. We too are in similar position. If we do not act quickly, our enemy Satan will overpower us and will take our souls captive. Why does he aim at us, the children of God? No thief will break open the house of a poor man. His eyes will be only on the wealthy and the rich. Satan knows that we are precious. He knows that we are people who possess great treasures – like eternal life and salvation and so he longs to attack us, wound us, cripple us, make us ineffective and unproductive. How does he attack? He does not come with weapons like guns, arrows, bows, etc. But he attacks us by tempting us to fall into sin. Generally children of God face three types of temptations. Some call them as ‘3W’s – 1) women 2) wealth 3) wine. Others denote them as, ‘3G’s – 1) girl 2) gold 3) glory. Satan does not come in a “devils’ attire”. If he comes so, then we will certainly not allow him to gain entry. But he tempts us through situations that seem very familiar to us and very reasonable to us. And that is why we have to be extremely cautious. We should guard our soul, spirit and our body every day. These days many false teachers teach that a person can go to heaven if he is saved once. All the sins he commits thereafter will not be counted.

Dear friends, let us not be deceived. Salvation is an ongoing process. We should be cleansed by the blood of Jesus and be filled with the Holy Spirit every day. We should put on the armor of God mentioned in Ephesians 6:14-17 which would guard us as well as defend us from the enemy’s attack.

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for the urgent message that You have sent me today. Let me not ignore this, but let me guard my body, soul and spirit against the devil’s attack. Let me not become a victim to his deceiving tricks but be fully armored spiritually. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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